Monday, September 15, 2008

September 2008 garden bloggers’ bloom day

I only have two new blooms (oxblood lilies and dwarf pomegranate) to add to my usual list of suspects (plumbago, Mexican sage, indigo spires salvia, verbena, pink and purple skullcap, bicolor iris, lantana, ruellia, and leadwort plumbago.) Be sure to check out others’ blooms at Carol’s May Dreams Gardens.

oxblood lilies

dwarf pomegranate


purple fountaingrass, not technically a bloom, I guess


thirsty society garlic


Carol said...

The garlic flowers are pretty and delicate looking. I do like the oxblood lilies, too, unfortunately, they aren't hardy here where I garden!

Thanks for joining in for bloom day.

Carol, May Dreams Gardens

Iris said...

Hi Carol,

The oxbloods only bloom for a week at my house, then they completely disappear underground until the next September. Weird.

Anonymous said...

Hi Iris, your oxblood lilies are gorgeous! How did you incorporate them in with your purple flowers? And I was thinking of getting some fountain grass myself - can you tell me about it? What does it look like in seasons other than right now?

Annie in Austin said...

Happy Blooming Day, Iris!

They may not be around for long but the Oxblood lilies are beautiful. Have you tried to increase and divide them as MSS of Zanthan Gardens has done? Mine are scattered around so the bloom time is extended but the show is smaller.

How do you get bicolor iris to bloom? Mine are slackers!

Annie at the Transplantable Rose

Iris said...

Hi Robin,

The oxbloods came with the house and aren't currently incorporated with anything. They're just sitting by themselves at the back corner of the house.

In the winter, the purple fountaingrass just looks dead, like an ancient straw stack. We trim it back and don't mind what it looks like in the winter.

The rest of the year it either looks like it does right now or similar but without the cool fuzzy ends. I recommend it!

Mr. McGregor's Daughter said...

Grass flowers count as blooms, especially when they are as showy as that Fountain Grasses'.

Iris said...

Hi Annie,

I commented on your comment this morning, or so I thought, but it's not showing up now.

My bicolor irises are mostly slackers, too. I watered them Saturday and then got one bloom.

That said, I bought three more yesterday because I like how hardy they are and the vertical evergreen lines they provide.

I haven't tried dividing the oxbloods...

mr. mcgregor's daughter--
Thanks! Happy you agree.

Lancashire rose said...

I'm beginning to think I may be the only one without those oxblood lilies. Soon to be remedied! Love the pomegranate flowers.